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Debating Society

Debating and public speaking plays a prominent role in the life of Platanos College pupils. There are many opportunities for pupils to engage in debating and public speaking. 

An immense value is placed on debating and public speaking because we believe that it provides pupils with intellectual stimulation outside of the classroom and facilitates the development of higher order thinking skills that is applicable to all areas of life.

More recently, it also forms part of a key aspect of our pupils' learning of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.

The college's Debating Society is now an established club for pupils to develop their skills on a regular basis and many different activities and competitions take place throughout each year. Our Debating Society have also had a number of successes over the years.

For further information, please feel free to contact our English department.

 

Our Officers

 

Our Debating Society Officers this year are:

Robert Karapetian (Year 8) - President

Mia Adeboye (Year 8) - Secretary

Asha Ali (Year 7) - Motions Officer 

Tania Ali (Year 8) - Publicity Officer 

Many congratulations to our Officers, we are confident that they will do a great job in their new posts.

 

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Speak Up! Hyde Park Debating Champions, 16th June 2017
 

Platanos College pupils competed in the Speak Up! Hyde Park Debating Challenge in the historic surroundings of Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park. Our pupils competed against 20 of the top teams through three rounds.

It was a captivating debate in the final round and after careful deliberation, the judges selected Platanos College as the 2017 Speak Up! Hyde Park Debating champions!

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Speak Out Challenge Regional Final, 12th May 2017
 

Our Year 10 pupil, Chukwudindu Okoli, represented Platanos College in the absorbing regional final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge 2017. A very well done to Chukwudindu Okoli who performed extremely well throughout the competition.

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The Hyde Park Debating Challenge, 5th May 2017
 

On Thursday a selection of our most able Year 8 and 9 pupils attended the launch event of Speak Up! - The Hyde Park Debating Challenge. The visit included an interactive workshop and tour of Hyde Park and Speakers' Corner in preparation for the school competition in Hyde Park this June. 

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The Big Debate, 20th April 2017
 

This week Platanos College pupils were the lucky attendees of a show debate at The Royal Institute with some very special guests.

The pupils had the opportunity to meet some inspiring people including newscaster Jon Snow, Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson, and Bill Gates, who made a surprse visit to deliver a speech and a question and answer session.

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Debate Mate Accelerate pupils at the Houses of Parliament, 20th March 2017
 

Last week our Debate Mate Accelerate pupils had the exciting opportunity to take part in their first competitive debate in the Urban Debate League at the prestigious rooms of the Houses of Parliament.

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Debate Mate programme, 21st November 2016
 

It has been a good start for the Debating Club this year with several new members joining from different year groups across the school. Following the half term, our Debate Mate mentors officially began the Debate Mate programme and pupils have grasped the skills much more quickly than expected. The Club is looking forward to their first competition in the Urban Debate League in January where they have done well in previous years.

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Pupils are encouraged to think creatively and become independent learners who are able to think for themselves.